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 Haramai - Day Experience

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Experience Maori Culture.

“E, I aha tera e! Ko te wero-hanga a Porourangi i te Ika a Maui, E takoto nei!”

“So nature bears witness that Porourangi had pierced the great fish of Maui, which lies beneath us!” – from Kura Tiwaka Taua, traditional Ngati Porou Haka.

Stunning views and perfect for families, the Haramia – Greet the Day Experience has all the trappings of the Te Urunga Tu – Greet the Dawn Experience, without the early start.

Meet your guide at Ruatoria, for your journey to the pou (whakairo, traditional carvings) site atop Maunga Hikurangi.

Learn about Maori gods and legends, the mountain’s significance in New Zealand history and to the Ngati Porou people, as well as the meanings behind the traditional carvings – the largest standing at over 10 metres.

Maximum Tour Size 9 People.


  • 4WD transfer to and from the carving site

  • Expert Ngati Porou guide

  • Light lunch atop Maunga Hikurangi, tea and coffee, all locally sourced

  • Native seedling to plant (part of an intergenerational eco-project)

  • Participation in a karakia (traditional Maori blessing)

  • Gift from the Ngati Porou tribe

ADULT: $220.00 PP
CHILD: $165.00 PP

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Our 4 hour tour started from Ruatoria approx 2 hours from Gisborne. Our tour guide Monty, met us at Hati Ngati Cafe, drove us to the base of Mt Hikurangi and then up to the Pou (wood carvings) on an awesome off road CAN-AM vehicle. READ MORE

N. Reed